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  1. Amati U-Boat 47 type VIIB After building the Syren I didn't want any more rigging. After building the Arno XI Ferrari hydroplane I didn't want any more brass nails in the deck. After building the Anteo harbour tug I didn't want another double-planked hull. What to build next??? A submarine! Amati offers an attractive kit of a German U-boat from 1939. You can get it for £225.00 from westbourne-model.co.uk, but I found one on eBay for much less. I've had the kit for 6 months and am finally getting started. What's in the Box The meter long box has two divided plastic bins on the sides and one large area in the center for flat materials. The bottom contains a cast resin hull of the submarine. The full-sized plans are about 0.7m x 1 m, and are all in Italian. The hull seems to be two hollow pieces glued together, but I can't find obvious seams. Alas, there are no rivets, panel lines, or other details molded in the hull. There is one sheet of laser-cut plywood parts used to build up the superstructure of the deck. There is also a heavy cardboard sheet, apparently used to identify the plywood parts. There is also a large sheet of photo-etched brass parts used to make all the of the detail on the deck. It seems to be beautifully detailed. One parts bin contains a resin cast conning tower, dive planes, and some miscellaneous small parts. The kit does contain two turned brass mounting pedestals but no wood base. The other parts bin has a decal, and a nice cast sailor and anchor. The props and mounting hardware are, disappointingly, plastic. The instructions are 16 pages long and are written in Italian. But like Lego instructions they are mostly pictures, so I don't think they will be too hard to follow. The English translation is about 1.5 pages long. I'll be starting on this after the holidays. Stay tuned for more.
  2. A few months ago I started on my new project, it will be my third radio controlled submarine. "Auguste Piccard" was built in 1963 by the famous inventor family of the same name, who also built the bathyscaphe "Trieste 2", which reached the deepest point on earth. Auguste Piccard was a electrically powered submarine able to carry 40 passengers to the bottom of Lake Geneva, where the World Fair was held in 1964. The boat is reported to have made over a 1000 dives, transported over 33000 passengers and was recently completely restored and is now displayed in the "Verkehrshaus" in Luzern. A 30 meter long submarine in a landlocked country! I took a lot of pictures of the sub in that museum during two visits (one before and one after the restoration). I was lucky to also be able to make some photos of a book on display with a schematic drawing. I've not found any real drawings, though there is an actual model sailing around in Germany - I'm not the first to build her. The model will be 1:25, making the model 1.10 meter and 10 kg. Here are some pictures. Freek
  3. Hello! I'm kinda new to building historical models my main previous focus was science fiction models like halo and gundam. I decided to try and paint a baleo class submarine for my grandfather who served on the baleo class Entemedor. Unfortunately I have the model primed for painting, but I can't find a the colors I need for it. I don't run into this problem often when I paint my other models so I figured I would go here where others might have the same experience. I was wondering if any one has painted anything from this class and knew the colors used. If it helps I normally use enamels like tamiya and a air brush, but if you have a different method any help will be grateful!
  4. This is my first model ship build, my first scratch build, and my first wooden model build. I have done plastic model aircraft in the past, but have been looking to move into something different. I have been reading a lot about sailing ships lately, Patrick O'Brien's Master and Commander, Forrester's Hornblower series, as well as some non-fiction books on the subject. I initially wanted to get into rigged model shipbuilding, but I realized that required skills I hadn't even come close to being acquainted. Then the idea of scratch building a model submarine presented itself, especially after having read about how to bread-and-butter build a hull. It seemed doable, with my modest woodworking skills. Plus, my interest in submarines runs deep. My dad served in the US Navy in the early to mid 70's as a sonar man aboard the USS Francis Scott Key - SSBN 657 and USS Tinosa. I was able to find some designs for the Thresher/Permit class in general so the Tinosa is what I've gone with. Now, for the ship rundown, I'll keep it brief. USS Tinosa - wikipedia http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08606.htm Commissioned October 1964 Decommissioned January 1992 278 ft. long and 31' 8" wide, at a 1:200 scale brings it to 16 3/4 in. long and just under 2 in. wide. For the model, I chose poplar boards. From my research, poplar seemed a decent wood to use, plus it is relatively inexpensive and easy to find here in the US. I picked up a 1/2" x 6" x 4' board and positioned my templates. I realize with a 2" wide hull and 1/2" boards, the bread-and-butter method is giving me only four 'lifts' on the model. I think this will still be doable though its making it more like building from a solid block than I originally thought. I am positioning the lifts according to buttock lines, versus doing them off the waterline. This way, I can attempt to cut the sail and rudders out with the hull, keeping them together. I'll have to individually manufacture the sail and stern planes, however. In this picture below, I've already begun laminating the two center boards, which straddle the submarines vertical centerline. Here, I've removed the clamps from the centerboards, with the hull template on top. Above I've got the two outer lifts with the template for those on one. The next step will be cutting them out. Finally, here is a picture of my hull templates at the various stations, cut to the diameter of the hull, from stern to bow. Hopefully that was explained clearly. I'm always open to helpful comments/critiques. Tom
  5. Before President Kennedy approved operation "Frigate Bird," he wanted to be sure he understood exactly what the launching sub looked like. This model was built to show him the lead ship of the new ETHAN ALLEN class of SSBN. Operation "Frigate Bird," would be the worlds first and only launching of a fully armed nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. Upon studying the model Kennedy decided he needed to see the ship in person. Due to his back injuries climbing the ladders into the ship was not an option. Electric Boat fabricated a special cage that lowered the President into the submarine. Kennedy approved the operation. The launch went off as planned. The warhead detonated over the Pacific with a force 15 times greater than the weapon used on Hiroshima. What happened to this model is really unknown. It appears that for security reasons at the time large portions of the interior were removed. Now that the class is no longer in commision and the technology is declassified I can rebuild the interior to what it should have looked like. However, I can still only do the unclassified version of the Engineering spaces. Even the Nautilus Engineering Spaces are still classified. The exterior will be detailed and repainted as it would have appeared in the 1960s.This model is almost 7 feet long!! This will be a fun project for SUBVETS and all who served on the nations SSBNs.
  6. Hello All I started Building the I-400 Class Submarine Model, which is a Japanese Submarine and were considered the largest submarines of World War II and remained the largest ever built until the construction of nuclear ballistic missile submarines in the 1960s. I got the Following Info from Wiki Each submarine had four 1,680 kW (2,250 hp) engines and carried enough fuel to go around the world one-and-a-half times. Located approximately amidships on the top deck was a cylindrical watertight aircraft hangar, 31 m (102 ft) long and 3.5 m (11 ft) in diameter. The outer access door could be opened hydraulically from within or manually from the outside by turning a large hand-wheel connected to a rack and spur gear. The door was made waterproof with a 51-mm-thick (2.0 in) rubber gasket. I plan to follow the same Tech. that I use in building Model Schooners and brigs. Here are some photos .. Thank you
  7. "The Sea Miner" By Chuck Veit had intrigued me for a American first design during the Civil War of a actual torpedo launcher and how it was developed in secrecy and test fired along with the demise of the Engineer whom had brought the idea to reality. This wasn't the first of Human torpedo designs as there are a few before this one. Since no one had made a actual model of the "What is it" as it was named by the public when is was in full view on the docks as it was being built and tested and no one new how advanced of a weapon it was they were looking at. Simply incredible when you think of all the confederate spies whom were also present at that time. I decided to tackle a basic representation of it. Image of the book: Images of a few early torpedo's: The build images for the first design in testing and perfecting the torpedo itself then later developing the launch tube. Also the historical drawings provided by the author which he had discovered in archives. Build images phase one: I'll add more images of the finished phase one design next as not to overwhelm the blog system for one day, enjoy and feel free to ask quotations along with the updates for phase two which will be a few months as my CSS Alabama build is taking precedent for awhile. Jonathan11
  8. u 21 is the submarine that sunk majestic and triumph armor in canakkale war Member Otto hersing
  9. New project..ww2 german u boat...I have not plan...I draw picture...but i made ..,
  10. I am awaiting a new project to arrive soon in the shape of an Airfix Trafalger class RN attack submarine, it is in 1 350 scale and will be based on one of those that was based at Plymouth Dockyard UK. I have worked on a quick drawing here it is not colour accurate as the real ones are generally a combination of very dark greys and different black colours. OC
  11. Hello all, This is my first build log on the forum, and my third ship overall. The first was a Dutch Navy contemporary frigate Zr Ms de Zeven Provincien, and the second a world war 2 submarine, Hr Ms K-XVIII. Both are radio controlled and both hulls were made with the bread and butter method. That worked out very well for these larger vessels but now I intend to build a much smaller sub and will need to be much more economical with space. So this will be my first hull built out of wood with planks on ribs. Hr Ms O-1 was a Holland-class submarine built as a private venture by Wilton Feijenoord and sold to the Dutch Navy when it has passed some trials set as condition for her purchase. In subsequent exercises she proved very capable to defeat the then surface ships of the Dutch Navy. She patrolled the North Sea during WW1 (but thankfully the Netherlands remained neutral throughout that conflict). The Holland boats have beautiful lines, and I was hooked when I saw a working model of an Austrian Holland class at a meeting in Lichtenstein some years back. Please feel free to comment and advise as I have some experience, but little in this kind of hull building especially. Groeten, Freek
  12. INTRODUCTION This is the build log for Hr. Ms. O 19, one of only two submarines in her class of the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Navy). Please forgive me for making this introduction very personal because she was part of my life and therefore holds a very special interest for me. My father, Opperschipper (Adjudant) Petrus W. van Warmerdam, was with her from about one year before her launch September 22, 1938 till his promotion to Opperschipper in January 1941. At the time he was placed on the build he had the rank of Schipper, with the added function of Quality Control and Assurance Inspector and liaison between the Navy and the ship builder Wilton-Fijenoord in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His second tour of tropical duty started right after his marriage to my mother in October 7, 1931, and they started a family while in Surabaya, the former Dutch East Indies. My sister and I were born there, November 14, 1932 and April 15, 1934. When his second six-year tour of tropical duty ended in the end of 1937 he had to return to the Netherlands. Of course his family, my mother, sister and I, followed shortly after on the passenger liner M. S. Christiaan Huygens of the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland, Amsterdam. When we arrived in the Netherlands we first stayed in Den Helder, the Royal Navy Base, but after hearing about the new class of submarines being build he immediately requested to be placed on them. Because of his expert technical knowledge of submarines the Royal Navy agreed and he and his family moved to Vlaardingen Ambacht, Narcisplein 3 to be exact, a small town near Schiedam, in March of 1938. Sjors and Anja know this area quite well. The shipyard was located in Schiedam, the Netherlands and the boat he was assigned to happened to be the furthest along of the two in that class, mine laying submarines. The original design concept for a mine lying submarine was completed in December, 1934 and assigned numbers O 17 and O 18. (Reference pictures can be found in the DRAWINGS section) However, the design was altered to a more squarish form amidships for better loading and discharging of the mines by engineer G. de Rooy. (Reference pictures can be found in the DRAWINGS section) Rumors have it that it is based on the design of the Polish submarine Orzel but cannot be confirmed. The Orzel was also a mine-laying sub but I believe that the mine tubes were carried inside the main hull and not on the side as the O 19 class subs. The O 19 and O 20 were also the first subs equipped with “getrimd diesel system ,” where the boat could run on diesel power while submerged to charge the batteries and for ventilation. This is commonly known as “Snorts,” or “Snorkels.” Navigation was done via the navigation periscope. The KM (short for Royal Navy in Dutch) used to classify submarines for domestic waters with O and those for the colonies with K (K stands for “Koloniën ” which means colonies). They were originally assigned the numbers K XIX and K XX, which was changed to O 19 and O 20 sometime during their fabrication. All subsequence submarines received the O designation till the end of WW II. After the war all subs received names instead of numbers. The O 19 was launched September 22, 1938 with my father onboard of course and officially commissioned on July 3, 1939, my mother, sister and I were present for that event. I was standing on extreme left of the photo, hidden behind the bow flag, next to my mother. The ensuing trial runs were successfully conducted near de Scandinavian coast and the fiords where proof diving could be done more successfully. Although the boat was designed for a maximum depth of 100 meters these proof dives were limited to 60 meters. Special tests were to be conducted on the voyage to the Netherland’s East Indies to measure geological differences in the Earth’s crust when sailing over the continuation of a mountain range underwater as well as wave action while submerged. She and her crew arrived safely and without any technical difficulties at the Navy Base in Soerabaja (old Dutch spelling) in September 1939. My mother, sister and I followed in December of 1939 on the passenger liner M. S. “Johan van Oldenbarnevelt,” of the Stoomvaart Maatschappy Nederland. Both the Christiaan Huygens and JVO served as troop transports during WW II. On January 1, 1941, my father was promoted to Opperschipper (Adjudant) and had to be transferred to a surface ship of the KM, which was the light cruiser Hr. Ms. Java. The reason for the transfer was dat that rank was not maintained on submarines. That was the second time in my short life that I saw my father shed a tear. He loved the submarine service that particular boat and the crew. As all submariners know these small crews on the subs become like a family. He hated the Java, that “old rust bucket,” as he called it and he was subsequently killed in action on that ship during the “Battle of the Java Sea,” 5 minutes before midnight on February 27, 1942. A long-range Japanese torpedo hit the Java in the rear port side just where his battle station is. Fortunately he never knew what hit him when the powder room exploded and 20 meters of that part of the ship just evaporated. I have photographs of the wrecked stern section that lies 70 meters down on the sea floor and now have closure and sort of a “grave marker.” Our lives changed dramatically shortly afterward when the Japanese successfully invaded the Dutch controlled Indonesian islands and made us “guests of the Emperor” of Japan, i.e. prisoners of war, and placed us into concentration camps for the duration of the war. Yes, even women, and children, all non military people were classified as combatants and came under military rule and in charge of the Kempeitai. Fellow ship model builders, something you may not know but the Japanese High Command gave orders in the beginning of 1945 to exterminate all POWs in September of 1945. As terrible as the two atom bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki are, it saved millions of lives and is the reason I am alive today with two beautiful daughters and a grandson. My wife too was a “guest of the Emperor” in a concentration camp in Semarang, Java. It is also giving me the great pleasure counting all of you as my friends. The O 19 served with distinction during the entire war and I am sure that my father would be proud of her and the crew. Well then, this model is in memory of my father and I dedicate it to him and the crew he loved. The boat is still with us today, albeit as a wreck on Ladd Reef in the South China Sea (19.93 Lat, 174.57 Long). Due to a navigational error she ran right smack in the middle of that reef at low tide. And yes, the crew survived and was rescued by the USS sub “ Cod,” which is moored permanently in Cleveland, Ohio, as a museum. There are some interesting films on “YouTube” of the rescue My model will be at a scale of 1:50 which translates to 1.6 meter and only shows the exterior of the boat, except for the side-launch torpedo tube assembly. This unit is mounted outside the main pressure hull, between the hull and the deck structure forward of the deck gun location. It will be plank on bulkhead, using poplar wood for the majority of the build. For the deck structure I may use 1/32 inch plywood over a frame of poplar, covered with epoxy resin. The simulated hull plating will be 150 lb hot pressed watercolor paper over 1.5 mm poplar planking and epoxy resin. Other materials will be brass rod, brass and copper wire, plastics, cardboard material and whatever comes to mind to achieve the desired effect. I’ll be using red Titebond glue, Elmer’s Carpenter’s WoodGlue Max, which is an interior/exterior glue and waterproof. Of course CA will also be used when appropriate. I am still doing research on the original paint scheme at the time of the commissioning but that point is still in the future. The drawing section is to follow. Cheers,
  13. Little tough building this guy so far. It has nothing to do with the technical aspect of building the model. This brings back some memories of the USS BONEFISH which had a battery fire and burned out, with the loss of three shipmates. At the time of the fire I was on shore duty in Charleston serving in Engine build up of Navy Torpedo Facility. When we heard of the fire we knew our shipmate TM2/SS Ken Kutcher was aboard. We also knew they were abandoning ship. The theory about what the PBXN-103 explosive within the warheads of the MK-48 torpedoes would do when exposed to high temp was just that, a theory. We watched on CCTV as our shipmates lined on the smoldering deck that was so hot their shoes melted to the steel. True submariners they waited as helicopters carried a few at a time to safety. Each second seemed hours as we prayed the weapons designers were right. The plastic explosive should just melt and burn....should. Finally the last soul left the burning ship. There was little else to do but watch it burn and hope for the best. Three days later the fires went out. After a week the sad submarine was towed back to her berth at Pier Mike. I was divorced at the time and volunteered to go inside the burned submarine to check the status of the 12 MK-48 Mod 3 torpedoes. The explosive had indeed melted and some had burned. The situation was now very dangerous. The melted explosive was now devoid of a desensitizer and could detonate from shock or being stepped on. 700 gallons of peanut oil was used provide some reduction of risk as we cleaned up the explosive and off load the weapons. Each day we had to walk by where one of our Sailors departed on Eternal Patrol. I will not go into it but he was unable to be moved until our work was done. BARBEL and her sisters BLUEBACK, and BONEFISH known as the "B Girls" were the first "combat" submarines to use a teardrop hull for greater underwater performance. Diesel powered these little submarines played a big roll in the future development of our Submarine Fleet. Originally launched with bow planes like ALBACORE, BARBEL was soon fitted with planes on the forward end of the sail or as we call them "Fairwater Planes." This move provided two major advantages for the time. 1. Moving the planes gave better depth control at periscope depth. Radar at the time was becoming effective enough to detect periscopes. The whole sail sticking out would be a very good way to have a bad day. 2. This eliminated any mechanical noise near the passive sonar array. for that matter it left more for additional systems that for some strange reason are still classified. To begin the model I selected a very closed grain lemon wood. Tough but workable. Using plans I made half templates, and turned the hull on my little Dremel lathe. Once turned and sanded, the hull was fastened into a building cradle. This not only held the hull secure but gave me a way of making perfect holes for the stand. It also enabled a secure work surface as I planed and sanded the flat deck area. With modern submarines it is very ease to get the hull out of round. Whenever I work I continue to use my waterline marker to ensure the lines are where they should be as I remove material. Ok up next I will get some detail scribed in, build the sail, and see what other trouble we can get into. Chief!
  14. Work-in-progress render of U-576, a Type VIIC U-boat found recently off the coast of North Carolina. The base NURBS model is not mine, although I cannot now recall where I got it. I am in the process of detailing, modifying and retexturing. The camouflage is speculative, based on images of U-576 published by NOAA. The boat's emblem, on the front of the conning tower, would likely have been painted out when the boat was on patrol.
  15. I was searching through the Library of Congress "Historic American Engineering Record" for information on ships and boats and came across this record. I had never heard of the Sub Marine Explorer. It was a submarine built in 1865, to harvest pearls. It was abandoned in Panama after a couple of years use. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/cz0044/
  16. View of the interior of the Confederate submersible H. L. Hunley, as she appeared on her final mission in February 1864 near Charleston, South Carolina. Modeled in Rhino, based on plans by Michael Crisafulli and illustration concept by Dan Dowdey.
  17. Hi. Just noticed another kit being released in the UK. http://www.uboat-collection.com/index.html It's from Hatchetpartworks, It's a nice workable scale and it's got a lot of photo etched parts. Might be available in other country's . Regards Antony.
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